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Originally posted by Roy Robinson Stewart
This thread is to keep ATS members honest.
What happens here is that members post examples of other ATS members using Orwellian Doublethink on the forum.
Please no personal attacks other than to point out exactly where the Orwellian Doublethink occurs in the member's posts.
Don't be shy, identify the doublethinkers!!
[edit on 6-8-2005 by Roy Robinson Stewart]
Doublethink means, according to George Orwell's dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four:
the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them. ... To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies—all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of doublethink one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth. (pages 176-177)
Doublespeak is language deliberately constructed to disguise or distort its actual meaning, often resulting in a "communication bypass". Such language is associated with governmental, military, and corporate institutions. Doublespeak may be in the form of bald euphemisms ("downsizing" for "firing of many employees") or deliberately ambiguous phrases ("wet work" for "assassination"). Doublespeak is distinguished from other euphemisms through its deliberate usage by governmental, military, or corporate institutions.
The word doublespeak was coined in the early 1950s. It is often incorrectly attributed to George Orwell and his dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. The word actually never appears in that novel; Orwell did, however, coin newspeak, oldspeak, and doublethink, and his novel made fashionable composite nouns with speak as the second element, which were previously unknown in English. It was therefore just a matter of time before someone came up with doublespeak. Doublespeak may be considered, in Orwell's lexicography, as the B vocabulary of Newspeak, words "deliberately constructed for political purposes: words, that is to say, which not only had in every case a political implication, but were intended to impose a desirable mental attitude upon the person using them."
Emphasis and bulletin points added by me.
posted by billybob
-well, i think the war is good. you know, the poor iraqis were being murdered and TORTURED by saddam. now, they are liberated and free to follow the great american dream. the war on terror is really good, too, because we want to beat terror and all the terrorists.
-china is scary. they have threatened us with nukes. TERRIFYING! NUKES, EEEEEEK! it's a good thing that we're not in business with china. china's bad. i wouldn't buy a single product from china, if'n i had the choice.
-you people out there(bleeding hearts) who are against the war on terror are WORSE than the terrorists. if you are not with us, you are against us, and we should deport anyone who disagrees.
-the really good thing is that america is spreading democracy. america's freedom and democracy is so well established, that it is beyond scrutiny. any irregularities in elections are clearly just a few bad apples on the other party's part. hell, you could argue that in a completely free country, voter fraud should be a god given privelege. well, there is no country greater or freer than america.
-there's even free trade! of course, certain financial restrictions need to be established to prevent abuse of the wonderful, global-minded free trade agreements.
-the world health organisation will help ensure a healthy world. some quarantines and mandatory vaccinations may apply.
-the international monetary fund will help the poor. in exchange for forgiving debt, the poor will be made eager to work.
-the council on foreign relations will help move towards a global economy. if successful, there will, of course, be no more use for the phrase 'foriegn relations'.
*click* doublethink off.